Serving Orphans Worldwide will join Elite Motorsports Pro Stock driver Richie Stevens as an associate sponsor for the upcoming Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Indianapolis.
"Serving Orphans Worldwide is thrilled that Elite Motorsports and Richie Stevens believe in the work we are doing globally," said Richard Baker, chief operating officer of Serving Orphans Worldwide. "We are honored to be forging this relationship with people who are as passionate about orphan care as we are."
Serving Orphans Worldwide joins Stevens Collision Center, Stevens Auto Parts, Valspar, and B-V Plumbing in backing Stevens' entry at the U.S. Nationals.
The partnership comes from Serving Orphans Worldwide's relationship with Tom Pierson, a longtime backer of Stevens. Pierson and Baker have been friends for some time.
"We hope to make a big impact in Indy, both on the racetrack and for Serving Orphans Worldwide," Stevens said. "They do a lot of great things for orphans all over the world, and I hope we can take them to Victory Lane."
Stevens is beginning a partnership with Elite at Indy that will continue through the Countdown to the Championship. He will be a teammate to wife Erica Enders-Stevens, who currently leads the points standings in the ultra-competitive class.
Serving Orphans Worldwide has a global footprint supporting 44 orphanages in 25 countries on five continents. The organization's main goal is to rescue struggling orphanages and help provide training to raise standards of care in homes and orphanages. In addition, they also provide the means for the orphanages to pursue self-sustainability.
Every penny donated to Serving Orphans Worldwide goes directly toward orphan care all over the world in a 100 percent approach. Donations are never spent on SOW's administrative costs because the board of directors and their affiliates have committed to underwriting all administration costs.
For more information, visit www.soworldwide.org
Kalitta Motorsports hosted the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Heroes of Horsepower Reception its shop in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Kalitta Motorsports hosted the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Heroes of Horsepower Reception Aug. 5, at the team’s 50,000-square feet race shop.
The Heroes of Horsepower Reception was a prelude to the following day’s 26th annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremony at the Fillmore Theatre in downtown Detroit, about 35 miles from the Kalitta Motorsports facility. This year’s inductees are Ole Bardahl, Raymond Beadle, John Bishop, Ricky Graham, Arie Luyendyk, Marshall Teague, and Rusty Wallace.
Racing legends Wallace, Bobby and Donnie Allison, David Hobbs, Ed Pink, Johnny Rutherford, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen, Hershel McGriff, “Waterbed Fred” Miller, Doug Kalitta, and many others were in attendance for the reception which included a live auction of racing memorabilia and sculpture unveilings of inductee’s plaques.
Hobbs and Bob Varsha, acclaimed television racing announcer and personality, emceed the two-hour event.
Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations for Kalitta Motorsports, said, “We were very honored to have the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Heroes of Horsepower Reception at our race shop. It’s truly amazing to have all those racing greats all together at Kalitta Motorsports.”
Kalitta Motorsports has announced that Rusch Machine and Design, Inc. (RMD), a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of tube and pipe bending machinery, has signed on to be an associate sponsor on the team’s four 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled race cars.
Large RMD decals now adorn the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd, the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham, and the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria.
The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series consists of 24 national events all across the United States.
“RMD has been involved behind the scenes with NHRA drag racing for years,” Chris Rusch, RMD owner and president, said. “Our many satisfied customers use RMD tube bending and notching machines to create custom chassis from the home bracket racers on up to the professional racers.
“Being associated with Kalitta Motorsports and nitro race cars is a big step for RMD. We are excited to see what the Team Kalitta engineers create in their chassis shop using RMD equipment. We are confident our RMD machines will give Kalitta Motorsports an extra edge, or bend, to win even more races.”
“We are very excited to add RMD to our Team Kalitta family,” Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations for Kalitta Motorsports, said. “We know that the addition of RMD equipment will give us the proper tools we need as we move forward building our in-house chassis and fabrication shop.”
All eyes in the nostalgia world will shift their focus toward the capital city of Idaho when Firebird Raceway rolls out the red carpet for the 43rd edition of the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals. Set for August 7th thru 10th, a strong turnout of racers are anticipated for the premiere motorsports happening located in the Treasure Valley foothills northwest of Boise. Operated by the New Crew, the featured NHRA Hot Rod Heritage point's event will host a pair of open eliminators in both Nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel.
The Nightfire is steeped in history dating back to 1972. Twig Zeigler and Dale Armstrong scored Nightfire victories in the event's inaugural year. Over the years, champions have included the likes of Don Prudhomme, Ed McCulloch, John Force, Gordie Bonin, Raymond Beadle, Tom McEwen and quite a variety of other top teams.
Leading the charge in the AA/Funny Car class will be the number one ranked team in Heritage points, Dan Horan Jr. with his Patriot Mustang. Horan was runner-up at the season opening Ignitor and winner of the Heritage event at Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake City. In AA/Fuel Dragster, the class will be led by Tony Bartone who will be bringing his points-leading Top Fueler from New York. In Outlaw Pro Modified, defending Nightfire champion Marc Meadors Camaro will lead the charge in the key West Coast Outlaw Pro Modified Association event.
In addition, the Nightfire weekend will also play host to the longest running major bracket tournament in America (dating back to 1976) recognized as the Bracketeer Series. Racers from 12 states and three Canadian provinces will compete for a purse topping $80,000 in guaranteed payout. The event will also include a 4-day overall point's series within the National Dragster Challenge. Daily champions in Bracketeer will pocket $5,000 to win on Thurs., Fri., and Sun., along with a $7,500 payday on Saturday night. The event will also showcase the Lucas Oil Top Fire eliminator for the quickest 12 open-wheelers and 12 full-bodied rides in a special “race within a race”.
Approaching three dozen Professional racers will compete under the lights nightly, including qualifying at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by finals at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon and continuing until nightfall. Tickets are available by contacting the Firebird hotline at 208-938-8986 or by dropping by the track website: www.firebirdonline.com
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